Like many big cities, Bangkok suffers from congestion issues and trying to get around by bus or taxi can be a real nightmare sometimes! Fortunately the BTS network is a fast and efficient way to get around. There are just two lines to negotiate, which take travellers high above the road and provide interesting aerial views of the city along the way. this makes travelling by BTS ideal for people who are on holiday in Thailand.
The average journey costs just 15-45 baht, which is much cheaper than taking a taxi or a tuk-tuk. You can buy tickets at each station using automatic ticket machines. Most of the machines only take 1, 5, 10 baht coins, you make sure that you carry coins with you. Change is also given at the cashier windows, while people who are planning to use the BTS regularly can save time and money by purchasing a special travel card known as a Rabbit Card. One-day travel cards are also available. As the name suggests, they offer unlimited travel on the BTS network for one day and cost 120 baht.
The BTS is also known as the Skytrain, and this network covers most areas of Bangkok. The name of each station is written both in English and Thai, while an automatic recording announces the name of the station in Thai and then in English as the train approaches.
The Sukhumvit line starts at Mo Chit and runs all the way through the heart of the city to the suburb of Bearing. Mo Chit is located close to Chatuchak Park and also provides easy access to Chatuchak Market and the nearby bus terminal. Some of the main stations on this line include Ari, Victory Monument, Nana, Asok, Phrom Phong, Thong Lo and Ekkamai. Many of the leading attractions is Thailand are located conveniently close to these stations.
The Silom line is the other BTS line. It intersects with the Sukhumvit line at Siam, which is also known as the Central Station. Siam Bangkok’s main retail district and there are numerous large shopping centres in this area as well as cinemas and other entertainment options.
The Silom line begins at National Stadium, which is one stop before Siam. The line then continues through the Silom district and across the Chao Phraya River, providing easy access to the suburbs that can be found on the far side of the river.
People who want to explore Bangkok by boat can take the BTS to the Saphan Taksin station. Public and tourists ferries depart from this stop every few minutes and take passengers all the way along the river to the northern suburb of Nonthaburi.
Many of Bangkok’s most popular nightlife zones such as Nana Plaza, Soi Cowboy and Patpong are located just a short stroll from BTS stations, which makes visiting them extremely convenient. The BTS usually runs from 05:00 until midnight each day. It takes less than five minutes for trains to travel between each station. Make sure you carry a selection of 1, 5 and 10 baht coins to feed ticket machines, or purchase a special travel card to save time and money if you plan on travelling by BTS a lot.
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